King Henry IV Analytical Essay by NMcRae

King Henry IV
This paper analyzes the discourse between King Henry and Prince Harry in Shakespeare's "Henry IV" Act III, Scene ii.
# 114239 | 888 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | AU
Published on Jun 03, 2009 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Henry IV, V)

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This paper examines King Henry and Prince Harry's discourse in Shakespeare's "Henry IV" Act III, Scene ii in order to determine what both men considered to be desirable soldierly and leadership values. The paper highlights these values to be modesty, in the sense of exercising restraint in taking advantage of one's popularity and showing humility in the face of the enemy, as well as glory through courageous deeds on the battlefield and in war as a whole.

From the Paper:

"The discussion between King Henry IV and his son Prince Harry of Wales in Act III Scene II of Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I reveals much about the central theme of the play: leadership and soldierly values. The scene depicts King Henry reprimanding Harry on what he considers to be behavior not befitting a future King and hence also drawing into question his suitability as a sovereign. During the ensuing discourse, Henry contrasts Harry's manner with how he thinks a young prince should act. In a reply which pleases the King, Harry pledges he will change his ways and prove himself worthy of his royal position. From a modern perspective, this scene provides an excellent base for the reader to form opinions on the leadership and martial values conveyed by both Harry and Henry IV."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare W. Henry IV Part I, Ed. P. Davison, Penguin Group, London, 1968.

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